My return from “Home” was on July 14th, 1970, a little over 42 years ago. I have made it a tradition to speak about it on the anniversary of my rebirth.  This year it is a couple of months late, but I’ve learned that everything happens at just the right time.  My NDE is the concluding one in Kenneth Ring’s book Lessons from the Light as the most complete one in his collection.

In my experience I was taken into the heart of the universe, beyond time, to the realm of truth and love, where all our deepest prayers are answered before asking. There is another realm, so near you can almost touch it, which we inhabit even while alive, beyond time and space, where we are blessed beyond knowing and one with Spirit and all life.

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QUOTES WORTH PONDERING

“I am profoundly moved and persuaded by the near-death experience.” –- Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions and Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine

“I have never interviewed anyone who had a near-death experience who told me that they came back to make more money or to spend more time at their jobs away from their families… Instead, they become convinced that they need to be more loving and kind. They react to their experience by living life to its fullest. They believe their lives have a purpose, even if that purpose is obscure to them. Invariably it involves concepts such as love of family or service to others. They seem to know that the love they create while living will be reflected and radiated back to them when they die.” — Melvin Morse, M.D., from his book, Parting Visions

“I went into this tunnel, and I came into this room that was just beautiful. God held me, He called me by name, and He told me, ‘Mary Jo, you can’t stay.’ And I wanted to stay. I protested. I said, ‘I can’t stay? Why not?’ And I started talking about all the reasons; I was a good wife, I was a good mother, I did 24-hour care with cancer patients. And He said, ‘Let me ask you one thing — have you ever loved another the way you’ve been loved here?’ And I said, ‘No, it’s impossible. I’m a human.’ And then He just held me and said, ‘You can do better.’ ” — Mary Jo Rapini, describing her near-death experience

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